The Red Pony
The warm morning sun shone on Jody's back so sweetly that he was forced to take a serious stiff-legged hop now and then in spite of his maturity. (3.49)
Jody sighed deeply. "It's a long time, isn't it?"
"And then it'll be about two years more before you can ride."
Jody cried out in despair, "I'll be grown up."
"Yep, you'll be an old man," said Billy. (3.69-3.72)
A race of giants had lived then, fearless men, men of staunchness unknown in this day. (4.113)